One of the world’s largest hybrid floating solar arrays has begun operation on a hydropower dam in eastern Thailand and 15 more such projects are planned, totaling 2,725MW across the country. The 45MW project at Sirindhorn Dam can produce electricity from solar panels during the day as well as hydropower from the dam, and it is hoped it will attract tourists as well as produce local jobs and income. Floating solar is becoming popular -- Singapore just completed a 60MW array, and Indonesia plans a 2,200MW floating solar farm, paired with more than 4,000MWh of energy storage, on Batam Island.

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